Community members donate guided technology for PICC line placement

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BENNINGTON — The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, NY.

The couple donated $10,000 for the purchase of an Arrow Vascular Positioning System (VPS) G4 Device from Teleflex.

The machine expedites the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) lines, a long thin tube inserted into a vein in the heart.

“Everyone’s heart anatomy is a little different,” said Tanya Cowder, MSN, RN, CNOR, SVMC’s senior director of Perioperative and Interventional Services. “Just as a GPS system helps you navigate your car to your destination, this new technology helps clinicians place the PICC catheter tip in the optimal location for treatment.”

PICC lines remain in place long term and provide clinicians convenient access to deliver intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition, or medications or to draw blood over several encounters without the need for a needle stick.

Before this technology was available at SVMC, a radiologic technologist would need to take a chest X-ray, and a radiologist would need to read it in order to determine catheter tip placement.

Rather than X-rays, this machine uses a sophisticated biosensor which allows nurses with specialized training to place PICC lines and validate that the placement is accurate.

The technology eliminates both the delay in initiation of therapy and the patients’ exposure to radiation X-rays emit.

“We are so grateful to the Farraras,” Cowder said. “We will all enjoy the streamlined care experience this new equipment provides.”

The Farraras have donated to SVHC for many years.

“SVMC is a great place,” said Bob Farrara. “When I am here, I feel like I am home. The staff are caring.”